Hopefully this helps someone else, but it’s mostly for my own edification for
if when this issues happens again.
This pertains to the Netgear Nighthawk X6 | Tri-Band WiFi Router | AC3200 (R8000) but I’m sure it apply to other (similar) routers.
If you’ve ever used a Netgear router, you might not have been a big fan of it’s management UI.
I wanted more control over my router so I opted to go for FreshTomato.
After a few months, I decided to go through the upgrade process.
Grabbed the latest download for my router; went to the Administration Panel; selected the router firmware, and clicked the upgrade button; and waited. Everything was looking good! My laptop reconnected, the Plex server started streaming again, all was right with the world.
Until I tried to access 192.168.1.1…
My password no longer worked T_T.
I tried the default
admin:password, but to no avail.
Well here’s how to fix it.
Note: It’s highly recommended that you use a machine that’s connected to the router with an ethernet cable.
Enable “backdoor” access for the router. Push and hold the Wifi On/Off button between 15~25 seconds. Took me about three tries to get it right.
You can now connect to the router on port 233
telnet 192.168.1.1 233
Note: If you’re unable to get this working, try using
telneton port 23 with the username
root. Freshtomato, I think, has
http_rootenabled by default. If this is something you’ve disabled before then you may not be so lucky.
nvram command to view the
nvram show | grep -i 'http' http_username= http_password=redactedforobvsreasons
http_usernamewas blank! The hell!?
To set the value:
I recommend changing it to something other than admin, but this is usually the default.
nvram set http_username=admin
With those values set, you should be good to go!
Note: I’ve noticed that the values are reset again after I router reboot. This greatly saddens me, but I’ve gotten pretty good now at setting it. Just keep that in mind.
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